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The Children Of Men by P.D. James
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Sep 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopian

As in the best 'dystopian' novels the author utilises a very real fear (infertility) and takes it to the furtherst extreme.

Thus in this novel the entire human race is infertile. The last generation to be born are now in their early twenties, and it's apparent that our species heads towards extinction.

Somehow, despite this 'end of days' senario, the government of the UK has managed to hold things together, albeit in a flaky kind of way. For example society is so bereft by the lack of children that christenings are held for pets & realistic looking dollies.

The novel is narrated first person pov by Theodore Fanon who also happens to be cousin to the warden of England (who wears the coronation ring). Theodore along with most of the country has accepted that the euthanisia 'chosen' by the elderly infirm etc is'voluntary'. Discovering this is not the case, Theo joins forces with a group of dissidents and thus becomes an 'enemy of the state.' While on the run, he joins meets up with another group and is astounded to realise that one of the women is pregnant, and it seems there might be hope - however fragile - for the human race after all.

Well written with some very acute observations, this is one of my favourite PDs.

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